Team Shape’s picks for the yummiest and healthiest hawker foods. By Estelle Low
Instead of making a beeline for chicken rice or char kway teow at the hawker centre, go for these dietitian-approved hawker eats instead – Teochew porridge, thunder tea rice, fish soup, yong tau foo and dosa. Weight watchers, heed our dietitians’ tips on how to order the healthier versions of these dishes, and head to our top picks on where to get the best (yummy and healthy!) hawker eats.
1. Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy FISH SOUP
Where Leng Kee #02-192 Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre
Opening hours 9am-8pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Price From $4
Why weight watchers will love it The soup is clear and light, and generously ﬁlled with batang (mackerel) ﬁsh slices. We much prefer this over the muddy-tasting catﬁsh used by some other stalls. Even better, this stall doesn’t do the fried ﬁsh version.
2. Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy TEOCHEW PORRIDGE
Where Teo Heng Porridge #01-56 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Opening hours 8am-1.30pm (weekdays only)
Price Fish and seafood vary with market prices. Other dishes start at $1.
Why weight watchers will love it This stall has a wide variety of fresh ﬁsh and meat to satisfy picky eaters. They are deftly cooked a la minute.
3. Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy THUNDER TEA RICE
Where Hakka Thunder Tea Rice #01-31 Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre, 3A Commonwealth Drive
Opening hours 11am-7.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Price $3.50 for white rice; $4 for brown rice
Why weight watchers will love it Ingredients are evenly cooked and crunchy, so every mouthful has plenty of bite. Peanuts and ikan bilis add ﬂavour, and when eaten with a dash of sambal chilli, the dish reminds this writer of nasi lemak – with less fat, of course.
4. Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy YONG TAU FOO
Where Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu #02-04 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre
Opening hours 6.30am-2.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Price From $3 (depending on how many pieces you choose)
Why weight watchers will love it Ingredients are freshly made every day by the friendly stall owners, who start work at 2.30am. Bonus points for the plump ﬁsh paste and ground meat stuffing. Warning: Be prepared to wait for up to 30 minutes at lunchtime.
5. Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy DOSA
Where S. P. Vilas #01-286 Tekka Market & Food Centre
Opening hours 6am-10.30pm (daily)
Price $1.50 for egg or masala dosa; $2 for two plain dosa
Why weight watchers will love it Of all the stalls we tried, this one wins because its dosa is soft on the inside and crispy outside. Plus, there are 16 types of dosa to choose from, and meat dishes (mutton and chicken) are available on weekends.